Wrongful Termination: 7 Ways to Take Back Control
Laws Are Complex. Wrongful Termination Lawyers Can Help.
Losing your job can be humiliating, stressful and financially devastating. With the unemployment rate at 10.2% in California and 7.9% nationwide, workers fear being out of work perhaps now more than ever. As powerless as losing your job may make you feel, you do have the power to take control of your future – especially if you’ve been wrongfully terminated.
Although employees can’t predict if a wrongful termination will occur, there are seven things every employee should prepare to do in the event of a termination:
- Do not engage in any form of retaliatory action against your employer.
- Get a copy of your employment contract.
- Ask why you were terminated. Try to get a specific reason for your termination.
- Find out who made the decision regarding your termination.
- Request a copy of your personnel file.
- Return all company property and follow all post-employment procedures, as outlined in the company’s employee manual.
- Take this information to a lawyer.
Employment law varies state-to-state. California is an “at will” state, which means that an employment contract of indefinite duration is generally deemed to be at the will of either party.
Because the laws are complex and every step taken could impact your future, avoid a DIY approach. Instead, see a wrongful termination lawyer if you suspect any wrongdoing. A lawyer can determine your rights and help you navigate the legal system so that it works in your favor.
Talk to a Wrongful Termination Lawyer Right Now
In 2010, over 55,000 wrongful termination filings were made with the EEOC, according to a study by NERA. While not every termination is wrongful the best way to find out is to see a wrongful termination attorney. We’ll help you find one, anytime. Call 1-800-THE-LAW2 at 1-800-THE-LAW2.